There are many signs showing that we are entering the age of business ecosystems. A recent example is an article from Digital McKinsey. This read worthy article is called Adopting an ecosystem view of business technology.
In here, the authors emphasizes on the need to adapt traditional IT functions to the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies that embraces business ecosystems. I fully support that sentiment.
In my eyes, some of the emerging technologies we see are in large misunderstood as something meant for being behind the corporate walls. My favorite example is the data lake concept. I do not think a data lake will be an often seen success solely within a single company as explained in the post Data Lakes in Business Ecosystems.
The raise of technology for business ecosystems will also affect the data management roles we know today. For example, a data steward will be a lot more focused towards external data than before as elaborated in the post The Future of Data Stewardship.
Encompassing business ecosystems in data management is of course a huge challenge we have to face while most enterprises still have not reached an acceptable maturity when it comes internal data and information governance. However, letting the outside in will also help in getting data and information right as told in the post Data Sharing Is The Answer To A Single Version Of The Truth.